Dementia Friends Michigan is the state chapter of Dementia Friends USA, a nationwide movement changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. By incorporating Dementia Friends into open, accessible communities, those living with dementia and those who care about them continue to be active participants in the communities in which they reside.
Who can become a Dementia Friend?
Anyone can become a Dementia Friend! There are over 5 million people living with some form of dementia in the United States. Whether we are aware of it or not, we've all encountered a person with dementia - in our church, restaurant, workplace, bank, grocery store. A person with dementia could be a family member, neighbor, co-worker, customer or friend. Dementia Friends Michigan strives to raise awareness of what it is like to live with dementia and offering practical steps we can all take to help those with dementia navigate their daily lives safely.
What does it take?
A Dementia Friend session lasts one hour. In a one-hour Dementia Friend session participants:
Learn about dementia
Understand what it is like to live with the disease
Receive tips on communicating with people who have dementia